By Macy Conley
Reading can be viewed as a secluded activity, but that doesn’t mean going to the library has to be. We have several ways bringing a friend to the library can be fun!
- Join a book club!
There are a range of book clubs for you and your friend. We have the Brown Bag Book Club which is a group that meets the third Friday of the month from noon to 1. This group has their books chosen for a years’ time and enjoys a lively discussion with their lunch. Between the Covers Book Club meets the first Saturday of the month at Iron Tree. This group chooses books in either Young Adult or Adult. You could also join Teen Book Club if you are in 6th grade to 12th grade. Their meetings are on the second Thursday at 4 pm and they choose their books from a suggestion box. If you like to learn more about the book topic or the background of the story, then Let’s Talk about It Oklahoma is for you. For each chosen book a professional is assigned to talk about different aspect of the book. This group meets the last Friday of the month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
- Attend a Program!
We have a slew of programs that you can bring a friend to! We have programs for the different age groups. There are even programs the family will love! Bring a friend to our creative writing class on a Tuesday or story time on Wednesday mornings. We even have programs that pop up often throughout the year, such as Tai Chi or Pumpkin Painting. There are events available for your gang of friends. We have the Chocolate Festival, which is organized by the Friends of the Library. Haunt the Library is a haunted house that first occurred in October 2018. This even brought in around 500 people in 2018. We always have activities to do year round.
- Attend FanFest!
FanFest was dreamed up by staff of the library and it is supported by the Friends of the Library. FanFest is free and open to the public. This festival style event has activities inside and outside the library. Not only are there free crafts and movies, but we have authors, food trucks, and vendors. This event takes place the last Saturday in September from 10 am to 4 pm. We even have a costume contest with a group category for you and your group of friends.
- Research Canadian County History in our Archives!
The El Reno Carnegie Library is quite proud of our archives. We have an extensive collection over a wide range of materials. You and a friend can scour over our collection of yearbooks dating back to the year the school opened. We also have newspaper reels from El Reno, Minco, Piedmont, Mustang, and so much more. There is a plethora of archival books to use for research. You never know what you might find with your friend.
- Enjoy each other’s company at the library!
You don’t have to schedule friend time by the program times set by the library. Feel free to drop by anytime and enjoy friend time at your leisure. We have a children’s area perfect and safe for play dates. Explore our sensory rice table, imagine at the doll house, or craft at our tables, there is something for everyone in our children’s department. We also have an area fit for teens with three different gaming systems and coloring.
To learn more about these different services and programs, please call 262-2409.